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Daniel Farke: Moritz Leitner has huge potential

25 January 2018

Daniel Farke is excited by the pedigree of new arrival Moritz Leitner, who joins on loan from FC Augsburg until the end of the season.

Leitner, 25, captained Germany Under-21s and won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and Farke is confident that Leitner can return to his best.

“I would describe his situation as quite similar to Tom Trybull’s in the summer,” says Farke, who worked with Leitner in the Under-23s at Dortmund. “Tom was highly rated in Germany and full of potential, but had two or three really difficult years.

“It’s a bit the same with Moritz Leitner, who has huge potential. He was so highly rated in Germany, and he’s still young – 25 – but also experienced.

“The talk in Germany was that Moritz would be the next number 10 in the German national team, and he played for Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp.”

Farke says he brings real options to City’s attack. “He can play all roles in the midfield. Originally he was more like a number 10, but he can also play on the wings.

“He can score, but he’s more the sort of player who will assist with high quality in his passing.”

Leitner has admitted the chance to work under Farke again played a big part in choosing to come to Norwich City, and Farke is looking forward to resuming their relationship.

“I worked with Moritz when I was Under-23s coach at Dortmund,” said Farke. “When he wasn’t involved so much with the first-team, it was his wish to have some games with the Under-23s.

“That was a really good attitude to have, and we had a really good relationship. He likes how I think about football, and it helps that he knows that I know his strengths and weaknesses and hopefully how to get the best out of him.

“He’s had a difficult couple of years, but we feel we can develop him and bring him back to his full potential.”

Farke was delighted to bring in a player of Leitner's calibre. 

“He has 100 appearances in the Bundesliga, several appearances in the Champions League, has won the German title, has won the German Cup, and was on the bench in the Champions League final.

“We know it might be tricky because he hasn’t got his rhythm at the moment, but we don’t think it will take him too long to adapt to this league. For him, and for us, it’s a big chance – if he’s there with all his quality and potential then he’s too good for the second tier.”

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